- Part of an A+ Home theater system
I received this in Oct '13, it is part of my new home theater
system. I wanted a center speaker that was paired to my
VGBs. The sound is more than I expected. A center speaker
is primarily for voices in movie and TV sound tracks , and
the VGC makes the actors sound as if they are sitting on
you TV stand speaking their dialog to you. While watching
an episode of STTNG, Patrick Stewart's baritone voice seamed
to just bellowed out with so much resonance. This is their
most expensive center speaker, and you get what you pay
- Blow away
i was blow away with the aperion grand verus center channel,
with my sonus faber venere 2.5 towers is the perfect combination,
this center it's 10 out of 10 so far so good, this center
blow out of the water the venere center channel i had, the
venere couldn't keep up with the towers at references levels,
losing it's composure sounding harsh and shrill, but the
verus grand was effortless, sounding clean, clear, and BIG,
without compromise any sound quality, simply amazing.
Bravo Aperion Audio
5 stars to the Grand verus center channel in every way.
- Beautiful Centerpiece
It's going on roughly a year now that I've been using the
Verus Grand Center, and I can't imagine that I would have
been happier going with anything else in this price range
- I demo'ed a handful of competitors that had high praise
on various AV forums and websites, and none of them were
at the level of the the Aperion gear to my ears.
The sound is excellent - dialogue comes through clearly
in movies, something I always had complaints about in previous
The fact that Aperion is so involved in the various AV communities
and is so willing to step in and help answer people's questions
is another bonus that makes choosing their products a no
brainer. Excellent price, excellent sound, beautiful finish,
and a stand up company. Not sure you can ask for anything
- Thanks Aperion!
Received my Verus Grands yesterday afternoon, and spent
the better part of the evening setting them up and calibrating
the system. I haven't gotten a lot of listening time yet,
but I'm loving what I'm hearing so far. My previous setup
was a 9 year old Onkyo HTIB which, at least as far as HTIBs
go, was pretty good. But we're talking night and day between
them and the Aperions. Especially on the high end, I'm getting
a lot more clarity and detail that I simply never noticed
before. I watched the opening car chase scene of "Quantum
of Solace," and holy crap! I was literally gripping my armrests
as the VGs every visceral detail of the flying bullets and
screeching metal as car after car was destroyed.
My Blu-ray of "It Might Get Loud" is currently on loan,
so I popped in "White Stripes: Under Great White Northern
Lights" instead. I tell ya, if these speakers can keep up
with Jack White on the guitar (and they can), there's nothing
they can't do.
After that came the "Within Temptation: Black Symphony"
Blu-ray, and was once again floored by this immense wall
of sound coming from the VGs. And again, I kept hearing
tons of new details and even whole instruments that I had
not heard before. The band, the orchestra, the singer, and
the crowd were all represented well with excellent definition
so nothing was lost.
Suffice it to say, I will definitely be recommending Aperion
Audio to anyone who will listen to me. Even if they might
not be able to afford Verus Grands like mine, Aperion certainly
has a diverse lineup that should be able to fit nearly any
Oh, and my system:
Aperion Verus Grand Towers and Center in a 3.1 config
Outlaw Audio LFM-1EX subwoofer
Panasonic BDT210 3D Blu-Ray Player
LG 55LW5700 3D LED TV
- Look No Further...This is The Center
Channel Speaker You Want!! Gerald
After auditioning my Verus Grand Tower (VGT) speakers and
seeing how amazing they sounded, I decided to order the
Verus Grand Center (VGC) speaker simply out of curiosity
to see if it was as every bit great as the towers. Also,
my current Infinity center channel sounded so anemic when
sounds would transition between the VGTs and my center...totally
When I got my package, I was utterly surprised at the size
of the box. The VGC also came wrapped in velvet, gorgeous
piano black finish, and this thing is heavy!! The design
of it is also magnificent!! Same curves as the VGTs; just
a beautiful piece. My only regret is that its huge... It
does not fit in front of my big screen on the TV stand.
Did I say its HUGE!!
So I just placed it on a couple of speaker stands I had
from my previous Infinity speaker set; I really need to
find a permanent solution, somewhere to put it, I may have
to buy a new TV stand/cabinet all together. sigh
I decided to played some music through it first. I was utterly
surprised at how great it sounded!! It was very similar
to the VGT, but with slightly less bass, but still bounds
and leaps above my old Infinity center which compared to
the VGC sounds hollow and tinny. Music sounded great through
the VGC...typically, center channels do not handle music
well in terms of the full dynamic range of music; the VGC
When I watched a few movies through it, one was Cowboys
and Aliens, the voices sounded natural and authentic; had
weight behind the voice... unlike with my previous speaker
it sounded small even though it had two 5.25 drivers. For
the first time, the action sounds coming from the speakers
(VGT and VGC) had me jumping out of my seat!!!! Totally
adds a new dimension to movie watching!!
I was so impressed with the Verus Grand Center that I just
couldn't wait and ordered a set of Verus Surround speakers...
I highly recommend the Verus Grand Center channel speaker,
but be forewarned, its huge!!!
Although, I now see, with size, comes great sound... :P
- Forgotten Hero
Starting out with only thoughts of making sure I upgrade
to a timbre matched center I didn't think much about it.
I figured that if the new VG center was as good as the 6C
I would be more than happy with it.
The new Verus Grand Center has the same beautiful shape
and lines of the rest of the Verus line.The one new functional
use for the shape of the VGC is the ability to angle the
speaker for optional positioning. The included feet allowing
you to angle up or down for matching your listening position
After doing a large majority of my listening just on the
VGTs I decided to make sure to do some VGC listening. At
first I didn't hear any major differences between 6C and
the VGC. I started with an A/B comparison between the 6C
and the VGC. This really pointed out a few major differences
The VGC really benefits from the new Aperion tweeter. Dialog
is very detailed and accurate. I found that it presents
no listening fatigue at all. The mids definitely benefit
from the new tweeter and mid driver. I feel that the mids
are now more open and less congested.
When presented with complex passages with dialog and special
effects the VGT presents every detail without effort. This
was a very welcome addition to my movie watching experience.
--- Now to upgrade my surrounds.
Aperion offers yet another wonderful product at an affordable
price. The new Verus line will definitely be in my home
for some time.
I got the Verus Grand Center along with 2x Verus Grand Bookshelves
and an SVS sub to make a 3.1 system for our living room.
Looks really counted given that it was in such a public
room and it came down to the Aperion Verus' and B&W CM series
for more than 2x the cost. I am so glad I gave the Aperion's
a shot because not only do they look just as good as the
B&W's but they sound better!
In particular this is due to the Verus Grand Center. The
finish is amazing. The lines are beautiful. And the sound
is incredibly crisp and clear. My parents were in town this
weekend and were incredibly impressed with the clarity of
dialogue from Hugo (and they are coming from a very high-end
M&K system which they bought primarily because of the center
channel). I actually like the size of it too - it gives
a commanding presence but because of the rounded lines looks
more like a piece of furniture than another boxy speaker.
Overall my new speakers have been a huge hit, but the Verus
Grand Center has been the definite highlight of all the
- The Ultimate Center Channel
I had been running the Verus Forte Center for about a month
before deciding to upgrade to the Verus Grand Center. The
VFC was a very competent little center channel that really
did a great job and enhanced my listening experience. But
it is nothing compared to the Verus Grand Center!
Currently, I'm running a pair of Verus Grand Bookshelves
as my main left and right speakers in my living room. I
have them paired with a HSU VTF-15H subwoofer for the low
end (crossed over at 80hz) and these are mated to a Marantz
6005 receiver. My listening area is about 13ft by 13ft,
but the room is about 21 feet long by 13 feet wide. The
VGC is added to this, and crossed over at 80hz as well.
I pulled the Verus Forte Center out of my entertainment
center and politely thanked it for its role in providing
a great music and movie experience for the last month. Then
I unpacked the Verus Grand Center and hooked it up to my
system. I did a quick level calibration with my SPL meter
to make sure that things were set right and then sat down
for a listen. I was shocked. The VGC sounded way better
right out of the box than the VFC sounded after over 100
hours of break-in! It sounded much bigger, voices were more
natural, and somehow my sub seemed to blend much more seamlessly
with my entire system!
With a center as big as the VGC, it shouldn't surprise me
that it sounds big as well! All of the music and movies
that I watch really sound like they are right there in the
room with me, it's pretty amazing!
The VGC really presents clean and natural sounding vocals
and dialogue as well. With music, it often sounds as if
the singer is right there in the room with me! Dialogue
in movies is superb as well, and it is very rare now that
I miss something that is said and have to rewind.
The coolest thing that I noticed with the VGC was how it
seemed to allow my subwoofer to blend better with the rest
of my system. I don't completely understand how it accomplished
this, but I didn't change any other settings in my receiver,
I just adjusted the volume of the center with my SPL meter
to make sure that it matched the rest of the speakers. Anyway,
kick drums and other bass notes sounded much more grounded
in the center of my soundstage than they ever had before.
My sub is located near my right speaker, so oftentimes I
was hearing low notes and instruments from the right side
of the room instead of in the center where they should have
been. After adding the VGC, those low sounds are now very
well grounded in the center where they should be, and sometimes
even to the left of the center if the music called for it!
I think it goes without saying that the clarity and detail
that the VGC provides is beyond my expectations. There really
is no flaw with this center speaker!
If you are looking for the ultimate home theater experience,
the Verus Grand Center should be on your shopping list.
There are no shortcomings with this speaker in my opinion.
It sounds big, clean, detailed, and I am utterly amazed
at what it has done to improve my home theater system. If
you have the cash, don't stop at the Verus Forte Center,
get this guy! Well done Aperion!
- Exceeded expectations
I normally won't buy any audio without being able to audition
the product. But because that was impossible with Aperion
and because of the liberal return policy, I decided to order.
But I always thought I would return it because lately, I
usually wind up disappointed with the products that I buy.
I ordered only the Center to see how it would sound with
my classic DCM Time Windows as my fronts.
I purposely ordered within a timeframe so that the speaker
would show up on my day off. As I tracked the delivery during
the week, I thought there was no way it would show up on
time. But it showed up exactly as promised (the delivery
truck must have been driven 24 hours a day unless it actually
shipped some of the way by air).
It was packed beautifully. I can't believe the speaker came
wrapped with a fancy soft cloth bag. I feel guilty not finding
another use for that bag - I think maybe my daughter should
make a dress out of it. And it came with a large cleaning
cloth which I now use to clean my TV screen. The finish
was absolutely perfect and furniture grade. It's a shame
this is going into a cabinet where you can't see how beautiful
this speaker is. Hmm... no excuse to send it back yet.
So I hook it up to my Pioneer SC55 receiver and run the
MCACC and start playing movie segments and multi-track audio.
Sounds pretty fine! And it sounds remarkably good with my
DCM Time Windows. Not exactly the same.... but close enough
for music and extremely close for TV/movies where it's mostly
dialogue in the center. It sometimes exhibits a slight bit
of tubbiness, but that probably has more to do with the
source audio and cabinet that it's in than the speaker itself.
Most of the time I hear crisp, clean, but fully resonant
dialogue that sounds like I'm listening to the live recording
session on a near field monitor. So far, I've been really
enjoying this extra channel of sound and the Aperion has
given me nothing to complain about. So... did it blow me
away by being the greatest audio I've ever heard? No. But
do I expect to find anything better in its price range?
Pretty slim chance. And of course, I kept it.... because
it puts a smile on my face when I listen to it.
So now I have to deal with the surrounds. So do I keep the
DCM Time Windows in the front and buy new surrounds or do
I use the Time Windows as surrounds and buy new fronts?
One of the Aperion managers spends time on some online forums
where I posted this exact question. And he wrote that I
should keep the Time Windows in the front (in spite of the
fact that Aperion would make more money if I bought new
fronts instead of buying new surrounds). So that really
gives me a lot of confidence in the honesty and credibility
of Aperion. While every company wants to make the most money
it can, it leads me to believe that these are true audio
guys (and gals) at heart and what they're into most is spreading
the gospel of great audio. These are the kinds of people
I don't mind sending my money to.